How to save the SNP

First published by The National There are no simple or comfortable answers to a political implosion. In fact there is no single, simple cause. The SNP just accumulated too many voters who had too much discontent. Some are unhappy with how policy has impacted their...

This defeat was the SNP’s own creation

The SNP has been careering towards a cliff-edge for a long time now. I am not in the camp that believes you can destroy your main political vehicle and rebuild an alternative without significant consequence. That is why I have been trying to warn about this outcome...

Centrism destroyed everything

There is nothing like a little distance to help you gain clarity. After two weeks in and around the Mayan jungle without any way to find out any news at all (phone off, family warned to tell me nothing, internet avoided at all costs), I return to the world of...

We are watching the enshitification of democracy

First published by Common Weal As I leave for two weeks of family holiday a very long way away from the UK General Election, I can only look in the rear view mirror and assume that, for everyone except Douglas Ross, this has all been a rip-roaring success. Well,...

So many fires, so few prosecutions

More and more, when I come back to look at the situation with the Glasgow School of Art’s Macintosh Building I end up with one overwhelming conclusion; so many fires, so few prosecutions. I don’t write this lightly. I have looked at and read pretty well...

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